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Degree Quality Assessment Board

Requisition #2323172
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEducation
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open5
Posting Date05-Apr-2019
Expiry Date26-Apr-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

The Degree Quality Assessment Board (the Board) is an advisory board appointed by the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to oversee the quality assessment process and make recommendations to the Minister on applications for:

  • new degree programs and exempt status submitted by B.C. public post-secondary institutions and private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions; and
  • use of the word “university” submitted by private and out-of-province public post-secondary institutions.

 

The Board recommends to the Minister the policies, criteria and guidelines that will apply for the purposes of giving or refusing consent/approval or attaching terms and conditions to consent.

 

The Board conducts assessments of new degrees at public post-secondary institutions regarding social and economic benefit; system coordination/ program duplication; student demand and outcomes, and institutional mandate/ capacity. The Board also conducts periodic audits of internal degree program review measures and performs other duties as requested by the Minister. The Board is composed of up to 13 voting members appointed by the Minister and includes a chair and vice-chair.

 

The Board operates on a cost-recovery basis and is funded from fees as set out in the Degree Authorization Act regulation.  

 

The Governance, Quality Assurance and Strategic Policy Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training provides secretariat support to the Board. The Secretariat is comprised of nine ministry staff and is located in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Board normally meets approximately every six weeks or on a monthly basis in Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia. Information on the Board and its work is posted on the Degree Authorization web site at:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/post-secondary-education/institution-resources-administration/degree-authorization

Strategic Direction

In conducting quality assessment processes or undertaking recurring audits of an institution’s internal program review processes, the Board will be informed by government priorities and will address the following public policy objectives:

  • Quality education in degree programs;
  • Coherent and integrated post-secondary system;
  • Post-secondary system that responds to the labour market needs of the Province; and
  • Protection of the interests of learners.

Vacant Position(s)

 

There are currently five vacancies on the Board.   The following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration: 

 

  • One individual with experience in degree program review, as well as educational expertise within the public post-secondary degree granting sector.
  • One individual with experience in degree program review, as well as educational expertise within the private post-secondary degree-granting sector.
  • Two individuals from the business community reflective of economic development priorities in large and small industries and employers, regionally and provincially, with background or interest in post-secondary education.
  • One student representative, preferably a graduate student with degree program review experience.

 

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.

Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Competencies/Attributes

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • communications, and
    • public sector administration
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization;
  • knowledge and expertise of degree level programming and institutions.

Time Commitment

Normally, the Board meets 8-10 times per year, generally on a Monday from approximately 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Meetings take place in Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia. In addition, preparatory work is required due to the volumes of materials provided in the monthly agenda packages.

Board members may also participate in Board sub-committee meeting and attend various organization functions such as: conferences and meetings with post-secondary stakeholders and ministry representatives, as required.

Term

The Minister sets the term of appointment for Board members and shall be consistent with CABRO guidelines.

Compensation

All members incurring transportation, accommodation, meal and out-of-pocket expenses in the course of their duties as members of the board, will be reimbursed in accordance with the approved government guidelines.

The Chair and members are eligible for remuneration in accordance with Treasury Board Directive 2/17, as a level 2 Board.

Governance Structure

The Board is comprised of up to thirteen voting members. Members are selected for their background, experience and interest in post-secondary education, and include representatives from the private and public post-secondary degree-granting sectors, the business community and the general public. The Board also includes one member from the Ministry and one member from the articulation sector.

The Minister appoints the Chair and Vice-Chair from among the members.

The Board obtains expert advice from highly qualified subject experts and organization review experts. These external experts, who are determined by the Board to review submissions of new degree programs and other applications[1], provide advice to the Board and are integral to the Board’s role in ensuring that new proposed degree programs at both private and public post-secondary institutions meet consistent and high quality criteria.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

 

The Board’s role is that of:

 

  • Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Board direction; 
  • Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
  • Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate; and;
  • Reporter - report to government, stakeholders, public, and others.

Responsibilities

Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

 

  • Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chair individual governors; defining board process and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.
  • Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate as set by government.
  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.
  • Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.
  • Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.
  • Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.

Accountabilities

In carrying out its work, the Board operates within the broad policy direction set by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The Board provides an annual report of its activities to the Minister.

Board Composition

The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.

Personal Attributes

All directors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.

Competencies

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • communications, and
    • public sector administration
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.
  • knowledge and expertise of degree level programming and institutions.

 

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

 

First Appointed

Term Ends

Occupation

Appointed:

Nicholas Rubidge

May 16, 2008

Feb 1, 2019

General Public

Douglas Owram

March 6, 2014

Nov 30, 2018

Public Post-Sec

Kathy Denton

Nov 30, 2016

Nov 30, 2018

Public Post-Sec

Barry Hogan

Nov 30, 2016

Nov 30, 2018

Public Post-Sec

Hugh Brock

Feb 2, 2018

Nov 30, 2019

Public Post-Sec

Verna Billy-Minnabarriet

Feb 2, 2018

Nov 30, 2019

Public Post-Sec

Kimberly Franklin

Nov 30, 2016

Nov 30, 2018

Private Post-Sec

Trevor Toone

Nov 30, 2016

Feb 1, 2020

Private Post-Sec

Laurel Douglas

Nov 30, 2012

Nov 30, 2018

Business/ Industry

Frank Pasacreta

Oct 20, 2009

Feb 1, 2019

Business/ Industry

David Lefebure

Nov 30, 2016

Feb 1, 2020

General Public

Ex-officio (if applicable)

Rob Fleming

Aug 1, 2010

n/a

BCCAT

Tony Loughran

Sept 8, 2017

n/a

AEST

Senior Executives:

Tony Loughran, Executive Lead, Governance, Legislation and Corporate Planning Division, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.

 

[1] Experts may also be contracted to review applications for exempt status and for institutions governed by the Degree Authorization Act, applications for use of the word “university”.  

 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.